The show floor, which was double in size compared to last year, according to show organizers, was packed throughout the week. It wasn’t just attendees that clogged the aisles — more than 500 exhibitors were on display, many of them in physically impressive booths.
Exhibitors crossed a wide range of technologies and services: access control, alarms, biometrics, detection controls/devices, IT & IoT security, public safety, robotics, smart home, video surveillance and more.
Event producer Reed Exhibitions has yet to release the official turnout for 2022. However, a source estimated there were roughly 22,000 attendees. That would more than double 2021’s attendance, while soaring closer to past ISC West heydays of around 30,000 show goers. With few masks observed, industry professionals were indeed ready to conduct business in-person, connecting face-to-face.
The full SSI editorial team was on-hand to roam the floors, connect with members of the industry and take in the latest and greatest solutions security manufacturers have to offer.
Below, they give some quick insights on everything they heard and observed at the show. Also be sure to check out the video above and slideshow for additional ISC West 2022 insights.
Scott Goldfine, Editor-in-Chief
My overall impression of the show was that it was an expression of relief and renewed vigor for the industry, and there was an emotional energy and clear camaraderie among the exhibitors and attendees. It re-emphasized what a tightly knit industry this is with a sort of collective hug and attitude of, “Phew, we made it!” Now let’s get back to kicking ass together as an industry and doing what we all do best — provide solutions that give peace of mind, ease burdens, add efficiencies and above all protect people and assets.
From a technology and products standpoint, we saw recent trends of seamless integration, cyber hardening, more robust and ubiquitous wireless, open platforms, technology partnerships, more sophisticated and refined analytics and AI, managed/Cloud services, dealer/integrator software tools, etc. continue.
Rodney Bosch, Senior Editor
Coronavirus variants be damned. Security industry professionals showed up in force in Las Vegas, with legions flooding through the exhibition hall entrances on opening day like pre-pandemic days of yore. The second day of the exhibition also saw similar bustling foot traffic, while a shortened day 3 was (per usual) sparsely attended.
Cloud and SaaS offerings continue to be increasingly pitched via marketing megaphones. All the noise (and misrepresentation) can be confusing for installing security contractors and end users alike. Not all Cloud offerings are created equal and it’s important to know what exactly you are getting before you sign up.
For this reason, Eagle Eye Networks President Ken Francis shared with me that security professionals can simply reference the “NIST Definition of Cloud Computing” (NIST Special Publication 800-145) to determine the legitimacy of a true Cloud offering. Here’s the key paragraph Francis wants you to be most familiar with:
Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.
Anything less, buyer beware.
Steve Karantzoulidis, Web/Senior Editor
My week kicked off with the annual Axis Communications press breakfast where a major theme was “partnership.” This would turn out to be a recurring theme across the show floor. Exhibitors have always showcased partners at their ISC West booths, but the increase of the number of technology partners touted at each one, as well as the emphasis on them during discussions, was extremely noticeable.
When it came to supply chain disruption, unsurprisingly, the vast majority of exhibitors were greatly impacted. However, there were a few outliers that said they’ve been able to manage just fine, whether it was due to swapping components or making sure they were fully stocked with chips before the shortage began.
Overall, it was an energetic show that passed by too fast. Exhibitors were very happy with the number of attendees and several said the show had exceeded expectations.
ISC West 2023 will return to Las Vegas at the Venetian Expo Center, March 28-31.